News: Our books – introducing our five titles


Our third novel was published in 2019 – A Forgiven Friend, the final book in our FRIENDS trilogy.

We have now written five books together – three novels and two journalism textbooks – and the thrill, and trepidation, of sending each book into the world has always been just as intense whether it’s the first or the fifth.

It’s quite a few years since we first started writing together when we were both teaching journalism to higher education students. Me at Sheffield Hallam and Susan at Leeds Trinity. Continue reading

Our novels: Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape



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A Forsaken Friend

A Forsaken Friend

The FRIENDS trilogy continues in this heart-warming and hilarious hoot as two best friends navigate men, careers and rock bottom in this brilliant sequel to A Falling Friend.

Published by Lakewater Press.

Available to buy on Amazon.

About the book:

No-one said friendship was easy.

Things can’t get much worse for Teri Meyer. If losing her job at the university and the regular allowance from her dad’s factory isn’t bad enough, now her ex-best friend has gone and stolen her ex-husband!

Well, to hell with them all. A few weeks in the countryside at her brother’s smallholding should do the trick – and the gorgeous and god-like neighbour might help. Continue reading

Viewpoint: Just three clicks and you’re out … of social media, that is.

Why does it take three clicks to log out of one of my particular social media accounts?

When I’ve had enough of idly dribbling my way through dozens of posts, I give myself a mental jerk and want to log out immediately. But no. I have to click on my profile; then click to select ‘Log Out’; and finally click again to actually log out.


Viewpoint: Tell me your health problems if you must. But don’t ask me to edit your family history scribblings.

Writing for a living can sometimes feel a little like being a doctor.

Imagine meeting someone from the medical profession at a social event (imagine too that we’re allowed to have social events someday soon). Aren’t you even slightly tempted to tell them about your dodgy knees or the heartburn you think might be something more serious? Or you might have read about a cure for the common cold, and you use it as a conversational gambit because you know they’ll be interested.

Review: Luminous brings Kristy Fairlamb’s YA thriller series to a heart-stopping end



Lucy Piper is both cursed and blessed with a wonderful gift – she possesses the horrifying ability to resurrect real-life tragic events in her nightmares, reliving over and over, as if she were there, the last few moments before the victim takes their final breath.

But, crucially, she can change the ending – so theplane crash never happens, the swimmer doesn’t drown and the car accident is averted.

But Lucy is living death by night and fearing sleep – and her dreams – by day.

It’s a hard burden for a teen and only her grandmother seems to understand what she’s going through. Continue reading

Viewpoint: Books and bags – two essentials that this writer can’t be without. But don’t get carried away.

I should be asking what you’re reading at the moment. I should be enquiring how you feel about the latest bestseller. I should ask you to name your top ten summer reads. I should be posting pictures of a stack of books in my TBR pile.

I could even show a little video of me teasing you as I prepare to cut open a cardboard box with a pair of scissors to reveal – WAIT FOR IT – the paperback editions of my latest novel. Continue reading

Viewpoint: No need to advise me about working from home. But thanks for the jigsaw and the keep fit video.

I wonder how many other writers, bloggers and reviewers are getting a tad fed up reading all those hints and tips about how to ‘survive working from home’.

A huge number of salary earners can no longer go to their offices so they’re forced to balance laptops on whatever table’s available, hold video conferencing calls instead of attending interminable meetings, and make their own sandwiches instead of popping into Pret’s at lunchtime. For many it’s the first time they’ve had to work like this – and sections of the media are going overboard with suggestions as to how to cope. Continue reading

Review: Cloth of Grace brings Rachel J Bonner’s Choices and Consequences series to a cozy end.


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Is there such a thing as a cozy romantic thriller?

Daft question.

Because Weave of Love and Cloth of Grace, books three and four in Rachel Bonner’s Choices and Consequences series, definitely fall into that category.

And, though the coziness might not be to everyone’s taste, others will certainly enjoy a smooth-as-chocolate read.

Both are set in a post-apocalyptic world and Continue reading

Review: Sparkling writing from Zoe May in pacey rom-com When Polly Met Olly


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Oh dear! When I realised Polly, twenty-something heroine of Zoe May’s rom-com When Polly Met Olly, was falling for forty-plus Olly, I just wanted to scream: ‘Run, Polly. Run.’

Because, sorry, and I know love has no age limits, AND, there are lots of very happy real-life cross generational relationships, AND, yes, I’m being ageist, but, for me, there’s something slightly ‘off’ about dating someone old enough to be your father.

Or young enough to be your child. Continue reading